HOULTON, Maine — A Houlton man who was arrested almost three years ago after severely cutting a man at the home of his former girlfriend will serve 18 months in prison for his crimes.
Jeffrey A. Webb, who lived in nearby Ludlow at the time of the September 2009 incident, faced charges of aggravated assault, a felony, and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Aroostook County Assistant District Attorney Kurt Kafferlin said last week that the 34-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison with all but 12 months suspended on the aggravated assault charge, along with three years of probation. He also was given six months in jail on the criminal mischief charge.
The incident unfolded after the Houlton Police Department responded to a report of a fight on High Street in Houlton.
When officers arrived, they were told that Webb had forced his way into the home of his former girlfriend and began assaulting a 34-year-old man.
The male victim attempted to leave in his vehicle but was impeded when Webb rammed the rear of the vehicle, pushing it farther into the driveway, according to police.
Police said Webb sliced the rear tire of the man’s truck with a utility knife. The victim got out of his truck and another altercation ensued. Police said Webb then sliced the victim in the abdomen with the knife. The man suffered a cut several inches long along the left side of his abdomen. Approximately 3 inches of the laceration were deep enough to expose muscle tissue under the skin.
He was taken by ambulance to Houlton Regional Hospital and was treated and released.
Webb fled the scene before police arrived and was arrested at his home later that night.
Webb could have faced up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine on the felony charge and up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine on the misdemeanor charge.